Something of Use: Glass Carafes

Tablecraft Authentic 1.5 Liter Recycled Green Glass Water Bottle Carafe with Stopper
(click photo for link)

Are you drinking too much coffee? Wine? Gin & Tonics? more Wine?
Keeping water cool in the refrigerator and easily available on the tabletop during meals helps you drink more water.


Or maybe you need that water carafe bedside + aspirin after you drank a bit much…

Toyo Sasaki Glass Night Carafe $79 (click photo for link)

dievca is using both and trying to go easier on the coffee🍮 and vino🍷.  XO


Wearing a Man’s shirt (a dievca disaster)

dievca looked great upon arrival to Master’s (see below).
Too bad she forgot the food and presentation lingerie…
she did remember a collar, vibrator (shmoo), anal plug, penis gag, and hood.
Priorities? Or perimenopause….

dievca asked Master for one of His button-down dress shirts
she rinsed off, inserted the anal plug, put on Master’s Collar, added lipstick, buttoned the shirt up over her naked body and sauntered out to the living room.
she then asked Master if He would be willing to watch His dievca masturbate on the chair across the room. Master was game.

dievca unbuttoned the top of the shirt to give a hint of cleavage, lifted the hem and draped a leg over the arm of the chair to give Master a clear view of her pussy. Master smiled as she broke out the shmoo and placed it on her clit.

Something was missing.

dievca strapped the penis gag to her mouth and explained to Master that she would like to imagine she was sucking Master’s Cock as she masturbated. Master’s Cock grew large as He watched His dievca.

Something was still wrong.

dievca took off the penis gag and asked Master if He would be willing to allow dievca to suck His Cock instead of watching. He agreed.

A ‘performance’ is fun, but audience participation is much more exciting.

And Master’s shirt was an excellent piece of Lingerie, dievca doesn’t understand why people think it is demeaning to wear a Man’s shirt….

Racked Article:
Do Women Actually Wear Men’s Dress Shirts After Sex?
Where does this trope come from, what does it mean, and does anyone really do it?

dievca’s arrival outfit for a cold blustery day:


Clear Eye’s – Sunny Skies (something of use)


Do you remember being a kid with dirty glasses?

dievca does.

Then she smartened up in High School and started using dish soap to wash her eyeglasses.

Finding a sink and soap is not very convenient on the fly – so dievca moved on to lens wipes.

Too bad they aren’t environmentally friendly…

  • one use
  • non-recyclable

Something of use that lessens the environmental impact, isn’t as messy as soap/water, can be carried in a bag and offers the cleanest vision dievca has found:

Wal-Mart’s Equate Lens Cleaner at $2.88.

This brand is dievca’s favorite. The solution is good for glasses, camera lenses, phone screens/lenses, computer screens, etc. – all at an excellent price.
An 8 oz. bottle lasted dievca about a year with a clean rag/towel doing the wiping.

Argh – dievca is out~

dievca will have to make a trip to New Jersey to visit a Wal-Mart…there’s none in Manhattan.

 


Hey “Fluffball”! (something of use)

Dog groomed by Yoriko Hamachiyo, click photo for link to the ‘Insider’ article

fluffball. Noun. (plural fluffballs)

  1. A ball of fluff, or a creature that resembles one.
  2. Soft things like animals that are cute and /or fun to pet.
  3. Someone who is or acts like they have their head in the sky.
  4. Someone who purports to have technical experience in their chosen field, but lacks a fundamental understanding of concepts beyond anything that isn’t the buzzword of the month.

dievca’s definition:

The object attached to her keys so she can find them in her dark backpack interior by feel. dievca’s is real fur. Others. which are faux fur, are easily available.

Note: dievca didn’t realize how much she depends on her sense of touch for the keychain until she gave her 4-year-old messy one to the puppy adoption place along with old towels.

Yves Salomon–Fox fur Pompom Keychain $110 (click photo to purchase)

Faux fur options (click photo to purchase, more colors available):

Amazon Faux Fur Fluffball Key Chain $8.99


Under or Over? Garter belts

Stella Stevens standing wearing Floral Lingerie in Black and White

Master loves garter belts and stockings. dievca has avoided wearing panties in that role because the few times she did, she put the panties under the garter belt for looks and then everything has to come off for access. Seeing the photo above….she’s been doing it wrong!

Here’s what the internet said:

Panties on top if you’re wearing them for functional reasons (to suspend your stockings). Panties beneath if you are wearing them just to look sexy. If you want to actually HAVE sex in the garter belt and stockings, panties on top. I’ve always worn my garter belts over my panties because it looks better.
~ TheGirlSurvivalGuide

——―———————-

I believe in the garter belt and stockings. I read some statistics, and it’s the most requested lingerie article that prostitutes hear.

Another tip I always say when wearing garter belts, you wear your underwear over your garter belt for easy access. I believe in wearing lingerie because we love it, I don’t believe in putting it on for a man. I believe that we wear it for us, and if someone is lucky enough to be in our presence and experience that, so be it. But the ultimate seductress is one who realizes in everyday practice the cultivation of your sensuality, and how it radiates to other people. That’s what makes others want to be around you.
~ Dita von Teese

Aha! An old dog has just learned a new trick. How about you? XO


Something of use – luggage: Roller vs. Spinner

dievca’s bag fell apart on her way to Europe.  The zipper pull came off and dievca was worried that it would start to unzip as her trip continued via walking, subway, plane, train, car – etc.

So, she had the bag wrapped at the airport and prayed that security wouldn’t see the need to unwrap it.

When she was in Sweden, she ran out to the local luggage/bag shop in a small town and found one rolling duffle-esque bag.

American Tourister Road Quest Large

Everything else was the “spinner” suitcases.
dievca stuck with what she knew and bought the roller bag.

she was super happy with the choice when she saw how much trouble people were having with their spinner bags on the cobbled streets and hills in Lisbon, Portugal.

That said, she tried a cheap spinner when traveling to her parent’s house in the Midwest. No cobbled hills, flat surfaces, elevators, and a rental car.

Using a spinner was very easy.

Travelers Club Chicago expandable hard side spinner 20 inch

Which One Should You Buy?
Getting a spinner or a roller depends largely on where and how you travel.

Spinners often weigh a bit more and the wheels stick out and are counted in the luggage measurement, so you lose precious space. Also, the more moving pieces, the more opportunities for something to go wrong.

Rollers put pressure on your joints and wrists. You’ll have a tendency to trip people behind you while walking and you can only roll in one direction. Measurement-wise the wheels are inset and do not take as much room.

If you’re an easy-going traveler, or you’re the type who often goes on business trips, spinners will be great. You can walk through miles of airport halls or office buildings without much trouble as most of the weight is taken off your burden. For as long as you will be traveling on predictable terrain, spinners will be your best bet.

Rollers are great for people who travel to many different places. Rollers are more likely to survive a rugged trip. It can survive many terrains and will be easier to pull through city sidewalks, on gravel, across train platforms, onto buses, or even onto ferries.​

dievca finds herself keeping two pieces of luggage for the different types of travel she experiences.  The good news is her spinner fits into her rolling duffle for storage.

Some suggestions for your future luggage purchases:

Spinner:

Away Luggage – Limited Edition ‘Flour Shop NYC’ colors (click photo to purchase)

Roller Duffles:

Timberland Mountain View Roller Duffles (click photo to purchase)


Bon Voyage! cashmere travel set – something useful

BARNEYS NEW YORK Cashmere Blanket Travel Set

“The only fresh blankets I ever saw were on an originating first flight in the morning in a provisioning city.” ~  a Flight Attendent

Don’t be fooled by any plastic packaging over those blankets either. In the year 2000, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees accused some of its clients of repackaging their blankets without ever cleaning them, Bravo reported. A few years later, The Wall Street Journal released a report explaining that most airlines only clean their blankets every five to 30 days.

And, in 2017, comedian Nicole Byer shared the horrifying tale of her flight on Delta when she found a piece of human feces inside her first class blanket.

Moral of the story, if you really want to stay warm on your next flight it may be best to bring your own blanket. Here are three easy to pack blankets to ensure you’re only covering yourself in your own germs.

via Travel + Leisure, STACEY LEASCA


Lisa Perry  Coloblocked Cashmere Travel sets in Orange and Green
(dievca has green)

BARNEYS NEW YORK Camouflage Cashmere Travel Throw & Eye Mask set

Items available at Barneys Warehouse
Beyond travel? The eye mask can be used for your D/s play and the blanket for aftercare.

 


~portabicchieri~

former Tour De France champion Fausto Coppi

dievca is talented on her bike, but Fausto Coppi will always have her beat!
Considering he was an amazing Italian Cyclist who loved his espresso…

dievca spills a good amount of coffee on her rides when she’s not using her travel mugs.
This good looking Huffy Surfside Cruiser in a parking lot offered a solution.

 

 

Fun Bike, right? $150.00 on Wal-Mart….but its the cup holder that captured dievca’s attention. Something she needs for her bike.

A quest!


Ain’t they S’well? (something of use)

Peridot

Green for Coffee, Orange for Tea.
Try not to mix them.
It works.
dievca was gifted her green S’well bottle about 5 years ago. The orange one she bought on eBay. The bottles fit into her bike water bottle holder or in her backpack. It keeps her coffee or tea warm for hours. The bottles are bright enough to see at 5 am and also hard to lose at work. They have been dropped in the middle of 34th Street and survived traffic.

They do not leak, they can be rinsed easily, they take a beating, they come in many colors, they are stainless steel = no food staining or odors, the bottles fit in a car drink holder and they replace plastic water bottles or coffee cups.

Price point – $25 to $45 depending upon size

Something very useful!

Birds of Paradise

 

In 2010, Sarah Kauss launched S’well with the mission to rid the world of plastic water bottles. She believed that if her company made a crave-worthy bottle that combined fashion with function, people would stop buying disposable bottles and it could cut single-use plastic consumption worldwide. It was an audacious goal, but Sarah knew the world needed S’well.

Seven years later, S’well is the fastest growing woman-owned company in the country! The fan base has been built by word of mouth, one enthusiastic user to another. S’well is making a big difference by helping keep single-use plastic out of landfills and waterways.

(click graphic to link to the full article)
Which pattern is your favorite S’well?


Useful in the City….Backpacks

EMMA GLOVER “NAKED” BACKPACKS @ LOADED MAGAZINE

It’s not elegant, it’s not “pretty” – but for a dievca with back issues and someone who bikes to work — it’s a necessity.
Have you ever biked with a Tote Bag on your shoulder? Brutal.

That said, dievca tries to mix it up with styles and colors. Some of her backpacks are selected for rainy days, some are just practical “go to” bags and some are the closest thing to elegant you can get in a backpack.

Yes, dievca has a lot of backpacks… but she sold or gave away many of her crossbody, shoulder bags and totes — she kept only the excellent basics and/or heartfelt memory bags. dievca did keep a number of evening bags / small bags that fit into her backpacks and will finish an outfit properly.

dievca’s backpacks in current rotation:

Jack Gomme Lami Backapck

Note: a couple of backpacks dievca has shown in the past have bitten the dust – fallen apart, faded or got stained so badly…. she really uses this type of bag…something useful!

The only backpack dievca is lusting over at the moment is from the French brand Jack Gomme:
(she blew her $ on that Issey Miyake Bao Bao black backpack…totally worth it.)

Jack Gomme color options


Something useful: a progression of Winter Boots

Years ago, dievca wore Uggs. They were toasty and warm, but perhaps didn’t have the best “look”. The  multi-colored zipper was interesting, though.

She moved on to a pair of shearling/suede high tops that were made in Turkey and “off brand”. They were amazing, until they finally disintegrated. She went on the quest for something similar and failed.

She found a pair of Ganni Masha Texas shearling Boots on eBay, but they were just that bit too small and not really warm, so she sold them.

Yes, the Canadian Cougar Pillow Boot are still in rotation and still amazing/useful, but dievca likes to have a lower profile boot in rotation for easy slip-on, without the red interior.

Which brings us to the surprise boot. Something dievca bought for $99 at an end-of-season sale, last Spring. The move was a desperate attempt to replace those shearling high tops. These boots sat in her closet all Summer and she was going to sell them because she thought they looked “clunky”, until a  cold day called for a quick slip-on with a low profile.

The Technica Monaco Shearling Moon Boot have become a staple and the compliments received have been in large numbers. It’s crazy. All because of a spontaneous buy of a sales item that dievca wasn’t sure about keeping:

If you are interested in a pair, they have them at MyTheresa, just click here. But, dievca hates to tell you…they are full price.  ($214)


Safety First! – something useful

When dievca was in College she lived in an older dorm that had deep oak window frames/casings which went up almost to the 12 foot ceilings. After doing laundry at 3:00 am, she stood on the sofa and when that didn’t work, the windowsill, to hang up a sweatshirt on a hanger to dry from the window rod.

she slipped, she fell, she sounded like an elephant when she ricocheted off the window ledge hitting the right side of her back thigh, she hit the floor, she woke her roommate. The bruising was huge and you can still feel the ledge-shaped divet in her muscle/fat…yep, just checked – still there.

What dievca learned is that you should own decent step ladders, AND USE THEM!

Her NYC apartment doesn’t have ceilings quite as high as her dorm room, but they reach 9 feet in some areas.  That makes painting a wall without an extension pole a little too much for dievca – but with the 3 step-ladder? A snap!

Something that has traveled with dievca from space to space are the two Cosco Step Ladders from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The two-step and three-step versions:

Cosco® Signature Premium Folding Step Stool (click photo to purchase)

At $29.99 and $39.99 — an excellent and useful buy. They fit behind opened doors or in closets.

When getting on in age, the bruises don’t fade as fast and braking a bone is a more likely option~

Yeah…

juliyalavrova: Photo by Anna Durova


Finding your Nude – a Lingerie Guide

Sometimes you want your lingerie to stand out and sometimes you want it to disappear.
Getting it to disappear is the harder challenge.
~dievca

Shopping for so-called “nude” lingerie can be  a source of incredible frustration for people. dievca? Her skintone goes yellow/olive in winter and brown bear in the Summer. Most items labeled nude are in fact a specific kind of peachy light beige, aka the skin color of some white people. What doe you do if you are mixed-race or a delightful chocolate, maybe a Latte color?

Well, there are lingerie companies out there trying to offer matches. Here are 13 who are still giving it a go in 2018-2019.

Nudz: Nudz offers 10 different skin tone shades inspired by well-known celebrities (Scarlett, Sophia, Adriana, Eva, Zoe, Kerry, Gabrielle, Tika, Lupita, and Alek). All of the underwear is mesh, but comes in different cuts in sizes S–XL.

Naja: This LA-based eco-conscious underwear company offers items in seven different skin tone shades. There’s a lot to choose from: Panty options include briefs, high-waisted briefs, bikinis, thongs, and cheekies in sizes XS–2XL. Nude T-shirt bras are available in A–E cups, with band sizes from 32 to 40.

Spanx: If you’re on the hunt for shapewear, you can find various color options depending upon the product. 4 colors for the Seamless Skinny Britches thigh length shape wear and more for nylon tights.

Hanro: Hanro’s cotton thongs, full briefs, briefs, and shorts (up to XL) and bras (up to 38E) are available in five skin shades. Plus, all the underwire bras contain metal hardware that is free of nickel, chrome, and cobalt.

Love and Nudes: Love & Nudes is the creation of Chantal Carter. Chantal has previously worked as a fashion editor, wardrobe stylist, and product developer  – and was motivated to start Love & Nudes by the ‘glaring absence’ and misrepresentation of everyday products for women of color.

ThirdLove: ThirdLove, a direct-to-consumer brand with a robust try-before-you-buy program. T-shirt, full-coverage, and push-up bras are available in cup sizes AA through G, including signature half-cup sizes, and band sizes range from 28 to 42; thongs, bikinis, and cheekies come in XS to XL.

Smart & Sexy:  Smart & Sexy is a woman-owned brand that makes gorgeous and comfortable underwear – for very affordable prices. Smart and Sexy is the in-house brand for Ariela and Associates – which just happens to be the one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the USA, selling millions of garments under a plethora of national brands.

Nude Barre: In addition to tights, this hosiery brand also sells a seamless thong that comes in 12  different nude shades.

Rose LeMarc: There is precious little public information available about the brand Rose LeMarc (launched in the summer of 2017). Our thoughts are that they seem to be a Chinese based company who have registered a series of trademarks include ‘Nude Revolution’ and ‘Nude Confidence’. These guys are definitely new to the scene. The strapless stick-on bras and nipple covers come in multiple colors.

Nubian Skin: Four skin tones are offered in both lacy and smooth nylon styles, and a page on the website helpfully shares a guide to which popular foundation shade matches each tone offered. Bras are available in A–G cups, with band sizes up to 40; thongs, boy shorts, and bikini briefs go up to size 2XL.

Buff You Intimates: Rae & Alex, the founders of Buff You Intimates – like so many other FleshTone brands – cite the frustration with ‘beige’ as the ‘standard’ as the impetus for the creation of their brand. Buff You Intimates describe nude underwear as ‘the professional woman’s hidden armour’.

TruNude: Tech-geeking your skintone -“The TruNude website, which is optimized for Apple and Android, and allows you to get matched in just four steps: First, you snap your selfie and get your Personal Color Code. Second, you select your garment. Next, you get fit. Lastly, you finalize your purchase and get your bra.”

BeingU: Entrepreneur Sadia Sisay launched BeingU in 2016, citing her daughter as her main inspiration: “I am determined to ensure she grows up in a world that celebrates women of all shapes, shades and sizes,”

Now, dievca went to all this work for a type of lingerie which Master does not like – but she needs it for under certain clothing. Her practical streak is coming out. XO

A “Thank You” to Fleshtone.net, Racked.com, and The Lingerie Addict


Sharing something useful…

#2 Tossware

Yikes!  Rooftops in NYC are really windy and it’s not safe to have crystal wineglasses get knocked over or break on the concrete.

Tossware is a brand of reusable, recyclable crystal clear plastic-ware which is elegant for parties where traditional crystal is not a smart idea.

dievca found it very elegant to use, it washes well and stacks/stores easily for the cupboard or storage unit.

Excellent for a NYC apartment building and just as good for the Suburbia Football Saturdays grilling out on the patio.

dievca bought her Tossware on Amazon.

Take a look:

You can even go on to the Tossware site and get pieces made for your event or use their fun graphics:

 

 


Useful items in the City…

…or Elsewhere.

#1 Baggu Nylon Shopping Tote

dievca is on a kick to streamline her closets and hidden spaces. It’s not Maria Kondo: KonMari Method, but it is the “try everything on” (clothing) – “wear everything once to make sure before discarding” (handbags, accessories, shoes) and decide if it is going to useful in 5 years.

dievca has been known to keep something unused for 5+ years and then use it till its falling apart the next 5 years.  “I know why you bought that” is a common statement via dievca’s Mother, dievca’s friends and Master when sorting her stuff.

dievca does not own crap…. so this is an editor’s edit.
Sometimes it takes 5 rounds before something goes, or not.
dievca hates the thought, “I should have kept that _________ (fill in the blank).”

OK, short version.

Weekly, dievca would like to offer pieces that make it through the rounds of editing and have been really useful in NYC. she suspects that they will be useful to others, too.

In no particular order:

#1: Baggu Reusable Shopping Bags

Can be carried in your hand or over your shoulder. Holds 2-3 plastic grocery bags worth of stuff.
Folds into a flat 5 in. x 5 in. pouch. Holds 50 lbs.

25.5 in. H x 15.5 in. W x 6 in. D.
100% ripstop nylon.
Machine washable.
$10

There are larger and smaller options, if you are interested. (click the link above)

dievca has bought these as gifts for New Yorkers, male and female, knowing they fit into a handbag or backpack easily. They are great for shopping, carrying garbage out of a park, collecting papers – anything you need to schlep in the City. The patterns change seasonally and can make a statement.
Yes, Master has some via dievca.

dievca’s Baggu nylon bags are going on 11 years old. she bought her first ones when the company started in 2007. They hold up and wash well.

dievca also has two Baggu leather bags, but that is more a statement on a classic casual handbag shape.
One in brown, one in black.


Fantasy vs. “Rain”ality

Photo: dievca NYC 09/2018

It would be nice to look like this in the Warm Rain…
But, it seems to end up like this:

Zpacks Ultralight Rain Poncho